- I have encountered this prayer conclusion.
"We ask this in the name of our God, + Source of All Being, Eternal
Word, and Holy Spirit."
I am familiar with the objection to trinitarian naming which reduces the
persons to only one of their functions which this version seems to do
for the Father.
How does it strike you to name the persons, each with one of their
personal names? For example,
We ask this in the name of God who is Yahweh, Jesus, and Sophia.
My first question is whether Yahweh names God completely or just the Father.
St. Louis, Missouri
It is not we who do Christ the favor of
worshiping him; it is Christ who
empowers us by strengthening us, and
enabling us to fight for the things that
are worth fighting for, the things that endure;
and that is a promise worth fighting for,
worth dying for, and worth living for.
-- Peter Gomes, "Strength for the Journey."
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Sent: Monday, October 29, 2007 10:32 AM
Subject: Re: [liturgy-l] Naming Trinity
> I'm aware of other "ways of invoking the divine presence" that are used in
> some places in the Episcopal Church and which are heretical on their face,
> as baptizing in the name of Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer and thus
> ultimately seeking to reference a God of functions rather than persons -
> one of the
> oldest heresies in Christendom.
Indeed! Last year a certain RC Parish in another diocese not far from where
I live was in serious trouble for using a similar formula for baptisms. They
had apparently been doing this for some time and caused no end of trouble
It came to a point where their ordinary made it very clear - clean up the
mess you made and revert to the only formula considered valid for baptisms
or find yourself excommunicate.
They did argue the point for a while on various specious grounds but had to
get their act together in the end. To everyone's great relief.
So, yes, in these cases the theology of what we do is very important.
MaryM (the lay Aussie RC)